Whole Wheat Bread vs. White Bread

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Whole wheat bread is often recommended as a healthier alternative to white bread. However, do you know what the difference is?

Wheat Bread Nutrition Facts

Both white and whole wheat bread are made from wheat flour. Wheat berries used to make flour have three parts: the bran, the germ and the endosperm. White flour uses only the endosperm, while whole-wheat flour uses all the three parts, each of which contains nutrients essential for your health.

Is Whole Wheat Bread Good For You?

Whole wheat bread is much higher in fiber than white bread. Fiber aids digestion and most people are aware of this. However, fiber’s benefits go beyond healthy digestion. Fiber helps you feel full and makes it easier for you to control your weight. Moreover, it has many health benefits. For example, fiber reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Warning: People with wheat allergy, gluten intolerance, or colitis should eliminate wheat from the diet.

How can you tell if bread is whole wheat or not? Read labels. Look for “Whole Grain” or “Whole Wheat”. If bread is labeled “Wheat Bread”, this does not mean that you get more nutrients. Bread can be made with a combination of white and whole-wheat flour. You do need to read the label.

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  • I agree that it is better to not eliminate all bread. When I eat whole grain 5-Grain or 7-Grain bread my stomach extends (not much gas)and as long as I eat that bread my stomach stays extended. When I go back to just whole grain WW bread my stomach goes back to normal. I have tested this several times, always with the same results. I keep bread in my diet by eating the WW bread 1/2 slice at a time [twice/day – morning and dinner; I love bread, and eating it sparingly works for me. Thanks!

  • Gemma!
    I would love to hear what your doctor told you. I had been complaining for nearly a year about stomach pains that progressively got so bad that I could not eat anything without being doubled over with bloating pain. Finally, I had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy done… they found nothing. My doctor told me to take Probiotics daily and up my fiber intake. I have a follow up meeting with him the end of this month. Since then, I have noticed by process of elimination that whenever I eat any foods with white flour… I am in pain. Wheat flour, or whole grains… absolutely nothing! It’s the white flour! It’s weird though… he told me that I have a hyper-sensitive digestive system. I would think that whole grains would bother me. Would love to hear from you!

  • hi i’m 12-13 and i personally think that whlole wheat bread is better cause i have bad breath and my mom has sugested that i use mouth wash cause of bad breath and its coming along and 2 help u don’t eat pasta and cake and all things that have carbs in them ……

  • Sounds like you have Gluten intolerance/ sensitivity. (Google it, & study up!) Many grains, not just wheat, contain gluten. We were raised to believe that whole wheat bread is good for us, but if you have a gluten sensitivity, you get cramping, stomach bloating, gas, & many more possible symptoms. You can develop gluten sensitivity as you age, even if you felt fine eating bread/ gluten products as a kid. You don’t have to have celiac disease (A full-blown gluten allergy) to experience really stressful symptoms. The solution is to go on a gluten-free diet, & see if your symptoms go away. Here’s a shocker: While ~ 1% of Americans & Europeans have Celiac disease, ~30% are now believed to have a gluten sensitivity! I wonder how many people diagnosed with “Irritable Bowel Syndrome” really are suffering from gluten sensitivity? Oh, you should also go to a health food store & get a recommendation for a good daily probiotic. Make sure it contains Bifidus (Bifidum-same thing), since we produce less bifidus as we age. Probiotics will help with digestion, & “Gut health”. We now know that a strong immune system resides in the intestines. Probiotics will help you gain/ maintain gut health, especially if you have EVER been on antibiotics. (Because antibiotics kill the good gut bacteria along with the bad). Good Luck!

  • I also get the pain you are describing, but only when I eat whole wheat products. The pain shoots up my arm and makes me double over with pain, then after a while it goes away. I also get very gassy

  • It is possible the whole wheat bread you used to eat was long fermented bread. Many people are sensitive to gluten in fast-made bread as it is not fermented long enough.

    Some people are intolerant to bran, so they cannot eat whole bread but can eat refined white bread. As refined flour still has some bran in it, they may feel better when they avoid all wheat-based foods.

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